Jason Musyoka – Viktoria Business Angels Network

Jason Musyoka has joined the ViKtoria Ventures team to run the Viktoria Business Angel Network. In his role, he will interact with the business angel investors who are members in the network as well as those who are looking to sign up. He is also responsible for screening and analyzing startups that are looking for investments before pitches to angel investors, during the pitch and networking meetups. Prior to joining ...

Startup Scene in Lagos

Hot, humid and lots of hooting sums up my first impression of Lagos. However, by the time I left four days later, I had another H to describe my experience. Hustle! Traditionally the word refers to a state of great activity which at face value also defines Lagos perfectly. The urban dictionary defines hustle as having courage, confidence, self-belief and self-determination to go out there and work it out until ...

Why Attend Angel Investing Master Classes?

Angel Investing may conjure images of people in business suits with wings and halos to match. However, it is far less supernatural and quite within your reach. The term “angel” originated from the Broadway Theater when wealthy individuals gave money to propel theatrical productions. It was solidified as a term when used by a professor at the University of New Hampshire when he pioneered a study on how entrepreneurs raised ...

2 Deals and Counting: Lessons from Group Angel Investing

After 4 years consulting for early stage startups, Viktoria Solutions rebranded to Viktoria Ventures. This was a strategic move; taking into account our experiences, lessons learned and challenges facing early stage tech entrepreneurs in Kenya and across Africa. 2010 - 2014 We started out working with incubators and accelerators acting as their ‘entrepreneurship activation team’. We trained, coached and organised demo days with institutions like mLab, Tangaza College, Ibiz Africa and more. ...

Viktoria Business Angel Network Launch

Thursday 28th September goes down as the day that the ViKtoria Business Angel Network was launched. The ViKtoria Business Angel Network (VBAN) brings together local and international angel investors who want to make investments in a syndicated manner by pooling their expertise and funds together. The focus of the investments is in tech start-ups in East Africa. Stephen Gugu, the Principal at ViKtoria Ventures, the VBAN manager, talked about the ...

Nairobi Innovation Week 2017

The 3rd edition of Nairobi Innovation Week (NIW) was held at the University of Nairobi Towers from 6th – 10th March 2017. The Nairobi Innovation Week is an initiative by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives which brings together partners from government, private sector and research centers with an aim of providing a platform for show-casing innovative businesses within Kenya. The event was also geared towards creating concrete partnerships ...

The world is coming, Africa beware: Part 1

An article from the Viktoria Ventures archives by founder, Stephen Gugu.   I am currently on a flight from Lagos to Nairobi after a week at the great giant of Africa, Nigeria. I arrived in Nigeria on 20th of September, 2015 and it's now seven days later; the past week has given me a number of insights to chew on following my first visit to Nigeria. I was attending Africa’s premier early stage tech ...

ViKtoria’s partnership with HEVA

ViKtoria actively supports the growth of entrepreneurial ecosystems in various sectors in East Africa and the creative sector is no exception. We are currently partnering with HEVA Fund, ‘an East African Company that believes in the transformative social and economic potential of the creative economy sector in the East African region’. Their sole purpose is to help creative producers of cultural goods and services grow profitable professional businesses. The process of ...